Senators 5, Canadiens 1

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators are relying on a balanced approach while star forward Jason Spezza recovers from an upper body injury.

Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season and the Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Jim O'Brien, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators, who have won two in a row. Craig Anderson had 31 saves in his 300th career game.

"It's goal scoring by committee," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "We're going to have to be that hard-working team that grinds out some goals. We did that tonight and we have to continue to do it."

Spezza missed his second straight game. He is day to day.

"We know we have to work hard every night and that's what we do," Alfredsson said. "When you've got good things going for you it's a lot easier obviously."

Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which had won four straight. Peter Budaj made 22 stops in his season debut.

Down 4-1 in the third, the Canadiens made a desperate push to get back in the game, but Anderson made numerous point-blank saves, including two on Brandon Prust.

Anderson has been one of the Senators' best players since the start of the season.

"Guys are doing a terrific job in front of blocking shots and cleaning the garbage so I would say it's an overall solid effort by the guys in front of me," he said. "It allows me to do my job a lot easier.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence on our back end."

Neil made it 5-1 with a wraparound goal with just over five minutes left.

Ottawa grabbed control with a three-goal outburst in the second period.

"We took some penalties that we shouldn't have in the second and it cost us," Canadiens forward Brian Gionta said. "We laid off the pedal for about five, 10 minutes and they scored three quick goals and that's the difference in the game."

The Senators had a four-minute man advantage after Ryan White took a roughing penalty and was given an extra two minutes for arguing the call.

"He's a guy that works extremely hard for us and plays with passion," Gionta said of White. "He let it get to him a little bit."

Alfredsson put Ottawa in front 2-1 when he scored off a faceoff, and Zibanejad beat Budaj high stick side for his first NHL goal just over two minutes later. Zibanejad blew a kiss to the sky as part of his goal celebration.

Zibanejad was called up Monday morning and he's made the most of the opportunity, picking up points in his first two games.

"Obviously you want to get that first goal and get that out of the way and finally I got it," he said. "It's nice to see the puck go in and know you can score in this league."

MacLean has liked what he's seen out of Zibanejad and feels the 19-year-old is gaining confidence.

"I think he's even more relaxed than he was last year in the first nine games when he played with us," MacLean said. "I think he has a little more maturity and I think he's shown that he appreciates being in the NHL."

Phillips then got his second goal of the season. Zack Smith grabbed a bouncing puck and left it for Phillips, who jumped into the play and fired a wrist shot past Budaj.

The second period was much different than the first, which featured two fights and eight minor penalties that left both teams struggling to create any momentum.

The Canadiens took advantage of an early power play, with Plekanec jumping on a rebound and sliding it past Anderson. The Canadiens were 1 for 5 with the man advantage.

"Our special teams didn't work tonight," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "Our power play often broke our momentum and our penalty kill wasn't very good. Special teams are key if you want to win hockey games."

O'Brien tied it at the eight-minute mark with his second in as many nights. Budaj took a shot off the helmet, which appeared to stun him for a moment, and O'Brien jumped on the rebound.

NOTES: D P.K. Subban joined Montreal for the first time since signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract, but was not in the lineup for the game against the Senators. "I felt great today. I'm going to continue to practice and get ready," Subban said. "As of right now, there's no timeframe to when I'll be returning. I don't know. It's not my decision." ... Senators D Sergei Gonchar was a late scratch with a lower body injury. ... The Canadiens were without Petteri Nokelainen (back, out indefinitely) and Max Pacioretty (appendectomy, three to four weeks).

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:31MTL PPG - Tomas Plekanec (4) ASST: Andrei Markov (4), Raphael Diaz (8) 1 - 0 MTL
07:53OTT Jim O'Brien (3) ASST: Erik Karlsson (4), Erik Condra (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:27OTT PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (1) ASST: Patrick Wiercioch (3), Kyle Turris (3) 2 - 1 OTT
09:25OTT PPG - Mika Zibanejad (1) ASST: Colin Greening (2), Andre Benoit (2) 3 - 1 OTT
11:02OTT Chris Phillips (2) ASST: Zack Smith (2), Colin Greening (3) 4 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
14:46OTT Chris Neil (2) ASST: Andre Benoit (3), Zack Smith (3) 5 - 1 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 23-23
PIM: 0PP: 7-8
SV%: .969SH: 1-1
Mika Zibanejad
Mika Zibanejad
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 9:15
Chris Phillips
Chris Phillips
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:46
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:27OTT Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan White
01:27MTL Ryan White  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
05:18OTT Chris Phillips  Interference against  Travis Moen
05:38OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
05:38MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
05:38OTT Chris Neil  Unsportsmanlike conduct
06:48MTL Erik Cole  Slashing against  Mark Borowiecki
06:48OTT Mark Borowiecki  Cross checking against  Erik Cole
13:05MTL Alexei Emelin  Holding against  Milan Michalek
14:15OTT Chris Neil  Roughing against  Colby Armstrong
16:11OTT Kyle Turris  Slashing against  Andrei Markov
17:58MTL Rene Bourque  Slashing against  Mark Borowiecki
17:58OTT Mark Borowiecki  Cross checking against  Rene Bourque
2nd Period
03:23MTL Colby Armstrong  Roughing against  Milan Michalek
07:24MTL Ryan White  Roughing against  Patrick Wiercioch
07:24MTL Ryan White  Unsportsmanlike conduct
15:16MTL Rene Bourque  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
15:42OTT Patrick Wiercioch  Slashing against  Colby Armstrong
3rd Period
09:37OTT Erik Condra  Tripping against  Brendan Gallagher
20:00MTL Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Chris Neil
20:00OTT Chris Neil  Roughing against  Brandon Prust
20:00MTL Brandon Prust  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/62/5
Faceoff Wins3236
Blocked Shots1519
Penalty Minutes3628
8B. PrustL00021713:53
14T. PlekanecC1006019:36
17R. BourqueR00-11416:59
20C. ArmstrongR00-12210:53
21B. GiontaR00-13020:15
22T. KaberleD00-10015:42
26J. GorgesD0002021:20
27A. GalchenyukC00-12014:52
32T. MoenL00-21010:44
51D. DesharnaisC00-21014:52
53R. WhiteC000298:10
55F. BouillonD00-20021:25
61R. DiazD01-11019:07
72E. ColeL00-14214:41
73B. GallagherR0002013:51
74A. EmelinD0001218:39
79A. MarkovD01-20023:51
81L. EllerC0002013:09
30P. Budaj2227.81560:00
3M. MethotD0011022:54
4C. PhillipsD1021219:46
7K. TurrisC0101219:39
9M. MichalekL0003017:24
11D. AlfredssonR1002018:13
13P. ReginC0001011:15
14C. GreeningC0221014:56
15Z. SmithC0220515:19
18J. O'BrienC1011012:25
22E. CondraR0110212:18
25C. NeilR10221112:55
33J. SilfverbergR0014013:46
46P. WierciochD0100215:52
61A. BenoitD0212019:25
65E. KarlssonD0115029:32
73G. LatendresseL0000012:14
74M. BorowieckiD0010412:39
93M. ZibanejadC100309:15
41C. Anderson3132.96960:00